Meet me at Meander
12 June 2019
Watch out for the return of Meander this spring and summer as the electric blue artist-designed modular seating units will be popping up at a public space near you. Designed for public seating in multiple configurations and for a variety of uses, these 24 unique and moveable units were commissioned through the Richmond Public Art Program’s Canada 150 program by Vancouver-based artists and designers, Milos Begovic and Becki Chan.
Throughout the spring and summer, Meander will activate public gathering spaces such as the outdoor plazas at the Richmond Cultural Centre, Minoru Centre for Active Living and Richmond City Hall. The benches will also visit major events including the Steveston Salmon Festival on July 1, Maritime Festival from July 27–28 and Richmond World Festival from August 31 – September 1, 2019.
The public is invited to celebrate the return of Meander at a mid-day musical performance by Sam Cave on Thursday, June 20, 2019 at Richmond City Hall plaza from noon–1:15 p.m. The Butler Did It café at City Hall will be in full swing with their Thursday BBQ Lunch.
Evoking the qualities of water, through shape and colour, the roto-molded and lightweight plastic design is inspired by the Fraser River’s winding paths that define Lulu Island and the Fraser Delta.
Becki Chan is an artist and designer whose practice ranges from jewelry making to site-specific design installations and public art. Milos Begovic is an architect whose professional practice includes activating urban public spaces. As a collaborative art and design duo, their work attempts to interpret and respond to the cultural, historical and architectural identity of a place using a design language that is influenced by minimalism and the repetitive use of simple elements. Their work often aims to engage visitors in a playful and open-ended experience, inviting participants to question the relationship between art and functional design.